Sam Konkin: We have taken our partisan positions because we’ve been involved in this conflict for five or ten years. If Lewis didn’t write The Dark Tower, who did? (See page 2.)
Wendell Wagner: Walter Hooper has managed to create a mess in Lewis scholarship that’s going to persist for decades.
John Bremer: In dealing in a scholarly way with any author one ought to be able to establish a text — either in which you have confidence or in which the areas in which you cannot have confidence are clearly delimited. We don’t have that!
Mary Borhek: If the other side could mount a defense, they would have done it. If they could have filed a lawsuit, they would have done it.
David Bratman: If Hooper is telling the truth and is pure as the driven snow, the best response would probably be no response at all. The best thing to do would be to try to ignore this silly thing instead of getting into an argument. So I don’t think the fact that Hooper hasn’t responded should be used as evidence that he’s telling the truth or lying.
Kath Filmer-Davies: I think Lewis’s voice would boom from the back of this room saying, “Use logic!” He knew psychology. He knew the writings of Freud and Jung. (Read Till We Have Faces.) He would not have had a creature walking around with a penis in its forehead!
Jared Lobdell: I’m probably right that the first three chapters were written in 1938 or 1939, and the last two were written in 1945 or 1946. There is a break…. The only value to determining whether The Dark Tower is by Lewis is whether we can use it in critical studies of Lewis’s writing, to illuminate what Lewis was doing and how successful he was and so on. To me it reads like Lewis.